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Passeriformes Collection

Passeriformes, also known as perching birds, encompass a diverse array of species from around the world

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Chestnut crowned antpitta (Grallaria ruficapillas), Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador

Chestnut crowned antpitta (Grallaria ruficapillas), Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Tui (young and adult)

Tui (young and adult)
Tui, Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae (young and adult). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 10 Date: 1888

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Starling murmuration, hundreds of thousands of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)

Starling murmuration, hundreds of thousands of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) gather in the skies near their night time roost. Gretna Green, Scotland, January

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: New Zealand Fantail (Melanistic var. on left)

New Zealand Fantail (Melanistic var. on left)
New Zealand Fantail Piwakawaka, Rhipidura fuliginosa (Melanistic variety on left). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 8 Date: 1888

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Erythrura gouldiae, Gouldian finch

Erythrura gouldiae, Gouldian finch
Plate 89, hand coloured lithograph by John and Elizabeth Gould from John Goulds The Birds of Australia, Vol. 3, (1840-1848)

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male on a branch feeding on Rowan (Sorbus

Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male on a branch feeding on Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) berries, Leon, Spain, February

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October

Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) murmuration, flock pursued by Peregrine falcon

Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) murmuration, flock pursued by Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) before landing at winter roost. The Netherlands. February 2020

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), male perched, Finland, May

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), male perched, Finland, May

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour

Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour
Original watercolour drawings and illustrated MS relating to Indian Birds, forming one of a set of volumes from which the illustrated MS work by Tickell on Mammals, &c

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Malurus splendens, Splendid Fairy Wren perched on a tree branch

Malurus splendens, Splendid Fairy Wren perched on a tree branch

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) singing from prominent rock in breeding season, Derbyshire, UK

Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) singing from prominent rock in breeding season, Derbyshire, UK

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Jay -Garrulus glandarius- perched on a tree stump, Fischen, Allgau, Bavaria, Germany

Jay -Garrulus glandarius- perched on a tree stump, Fischen, Allgau, Bavaria, Germany

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Hirundo rustica, barn swallow

Hirundo rustica, barn swallow
Plate 89 from Sir William Jardines The Naturalists Library. Original Drawings. Birds

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Hirundo rustica, Barn Swallow in flight opening its beak to catch insect, side view

Hirundo rustica, Barn Swallow in flight opening its beak to catch insect, side view

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Eurasian Jay, Garrulus glandarius, bird eating an acorn

Eurasian Jay, Garrulus glandarius, bird eating an acorn

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in Dogwood Tree (Cornus florida), Marion Co

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in Dogwood Tree (Cornus florida), Marion Co. IL

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren

Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren
Plate 118 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Bombycilla cedrorum, cedar waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum, cedar waxwing
Plate 43 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1827-30), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Barn Swallows - massing on electricity cables prior to migrating - Grahamstown - Eastern Cape

Barn Swallows - massing on electricity cables prior to migrating - Grahamstown - Eastern Cape - South Africa
ASW-4842 Barn Swallows - massing on electricity cables prior to migrating Grahamstown - Eastern Cape - South Africa Hirundo rustica Alan J. S

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Four Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) feeding on Crabapple (Malus sp) fruit, Ithaca

Four Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) feeding on Crabapple (Malus sp) fruit, Ithaca, New York, USA, February

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) in flight. Portugal, Europe

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) in flight. Portugal, Europe

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Yellow-headed Picathartes / White necked rockfowl (Picathartes gymnocephalus) Kambui Hills

Yellow-headed Picathartes / White necked rockfowl (Picathartes gymnocephalus) Kambui Hills, Sierra Leone, Vulnerable species. Photograph taken on location for BBC Africa series, September 2010

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: House Martin (Delichon urbica) Spain, April

House Martin (Delichon urbica) Spain, April

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Murmuration of Common starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) with Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Murmuration of Common starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) with Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) hunting them, The Netherlands, November

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Robin (Erithacus rubecula) at RSPB Leighton Moss Bird Reserve, Silverdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Robin (Erithacus rubecula) at RSPB Leighton Moss Bird Reserve, Silverdale, Lancashire, England, UK. February 2016

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa) Tasmania, Australia, endemic to Tasmania

Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa) Tasmania, Australia, endemic to Tasmania

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: RF- Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) reflected in pool, Worcestershire. November

RF- Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) reflected in pool, Worcestershire. November

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Hirundo rustica, five Barn Swallows perched on a wire

Hirundo rustica, five Barn Swallows perched on a wire

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), illustration of bird with bright red breast

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), illustration of bird with bright red breast, blue stripe to side and brown feathers on back and tail

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Alpine Zoo Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria, Europe

Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Alpine Zoo Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria, Europe

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Long-tailed Tit -Aegithalos caudatus-, Tyrol, Austria

Long-tailed Tit -Aegithalos caudatus-, Tyrol, Austria

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) feeding on blue juniper berry (cone)

Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) feeding on blue juniper berry (cone) of Eastern Red-Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) in mid-November, Freeville, New York, USA

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina niedda) male, performing courtship display on his

Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina niedda) male, performing courtship display on his display log, flashing false blue eye spots, a bright yellow gape, and blue breast shield

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) perched amongst autumn foliage. Uto, Finland. October

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) perched amongst autumn foliage. Uto, Finland. October

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Great tit (Parus major) perched on branch, ready to fly, Moselle, France, February

Great tit (Parus major) perched on branch, ready to fly, Moselle, France, February

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male displaying at lek in tree. Manu

Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male displaying at lek in tree. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazonia, Peru

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) male portrait feeding, Helsinki, Finland, January

Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) male portrait feeding, Helsinki, Finland, January

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) in Rowan tree with berries in winter, Jyvaskyla, Central Finland

Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) in Rowan tree with berries in winter, Jyvaskyla, Central Finland, January

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Two Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) silhouetted as they perch on a tree branch at their

Two Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) silhouetted as they perch on a tree branch at their roost site at sunset, Gloucestershire, UK, February

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Blackbird -Turdus merula-, female perched on nest with nestlings, Untergroningen, Abtsgmuend

Blackbird -Turdus merula-, female perched on nest with nestlings, Untergroningen, Abtsgmuend, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Erithacus rubecula, European robin

Erithacus rubecula, European robin
An European robin (Erithacus rubecula) in flight, U.K. Photographed by Frank Greenaway

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Turdus philomelos, song thrush

Turdus philomelos, song thrush
Plate 19 from Henry Eeles Dressers A History of the Birds of Europe.. (1871-96)

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Spotted Towhee, Arizona, USA

Spotted Towhee, Arizona, USA
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) perched on a stump in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal; Arizona, United States of America

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) feeding on teasel in falling snow, Leicestershire, UK

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) feeding on teasel in falling snow, Leicestershire, UK, February

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi) in typical hopping motion, Andado Station

Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi) in typical hopping motion, Andado Station, Northern Territory, Australia, November

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus) female feeding on reed seeds covered in frost, Espoo

Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus) female feeding on reed seeds covered in frost, Espoo, Finland, January

Background imagePasseriformes Collection: Portrait of a Black-capped chickadee, (Poecile atricapillus) with white background

Portrait of a Black-capped chickadee, (Poecile atricapillus) with white background, Block island, Rhode Island, USA. Bird caught during scientific research



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Passeriformes, also known as perching birds, encompass a diverse array of species from around the world. From the enchanting Tui with its striking plumage to the captivating New Zealand Fantail in its melanistic variation, these passerines never fail to captivate our attention. Witnessing a mesmerizing starling murmuration is an awe-inspiring spectacle. Hundreds of thousands of Sturnus vulgaris come together in perfect harmony, creating intricate patterns across the sky. It's nature's symphony at its finest. In Norway, two Jays engage in a mid-air battle while another keenly observes their territorial dispute. Their vibrant feathers and agile flight make them stand out amidst the lush landscape. The Common Starling murmuration takes an exhilarating turn when pursued by a Peregrine falcon. The sheer speed and agility displayed by both species create a heart-stopping chase that leaves us breathless. A male Whinchat perched gracefully in Finland during May showcases its beauty against the backdrop of blooming flora. Its presence adds vibrancy to nature's canvas. The Splendid Fairy Wren delicately balances on a tree branch, showcasing its stunning blue plumage that seems almost otherworldly. This tiny bird brings joy wherever it goes. The Dipper serenades us with its melodious song from atop a prominent rock during breeding season in Derbyshire, UK. Its voice echoes through valleys and riversides, filling our hearts with tranquility. An Eurasian Jay indulges itself by feasting on an acorn—a testament to nature's delicate balance between survival and sustenance. Its intelligence shines through as it skillfully navigates life's challenges. An old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher comes alive through watercolor artistry—its ethereal beauty captured for eternity on paper—an homage to this magnificent creature's existence. Perched upon a tree stump in Bavaria, Germany, a Jay exudes regality and confidence.